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Trial Skills CLE: the Story Telling Model
Trial Skills CLE: A Picture is Worth 999 Words
Join the Advertising Committee
Military List Nevada Lawyer
Attorney Sought for Commission on Judicial Selection
Clients' Security Fund Vacancy
Free CLE: Representing Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases
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Health Care Reform: the Next Steps for Nevada 

The Nevada State Medical Association, State Bar of Nevada and UNLV are teaming up to present a seminar on the recent Supreme Court health care reform decision and its impact on our state. Three different panels of experts will discuss the immediate changes in Nevada, the role of the state insurance exchange, and how the Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act will impact Nevada.


Both the CLE seminar and the reception following will take place at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Early bird rates are still available, but seating is limited.


The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV

Friday, November 16, 2012
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
3.5 CLE Hours
Reception to Follow 

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September 20, 2012
Trial Skills CLE: the Story Telling Model

A new CLE program offers attendees a way to think "less like an attorney" when presenting a case to a jury of non-lawyers. Learn to utilize an outline in creating the opening as a story and to gain an understanding of the importance of communicating a case clearly, both orally and visually, to the jury.


This two-credit-hour CLE is available in both the north and south. It will take place in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and in Reno on Friday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit the state bar's website to register online.

Trial Skills CLE: A Picture is Worth 999 Words

The second in the state bar's series of trial skills CLEs, this seminar offers an enlightening look into jury bias and the use of technology in the courtroom. These days, jurors expect to receive information in a high-tech, visual manner and they want to be entertained. An expert will share the "whys" and "hows" of creating effective visual presentations.


This one-credit-hour seminar takes place in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and in Reno on Friday, September 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration is available online at the state bar's website.

Northern Attorneys Encouraged to Join the Advertising Committee 

The State Bar of Nevada is seeking interested members to fill vacancies on the Northern Nevada Attorney Advertising Committee.


The committee meets once a month to review attorney advertisements submitted pursuant to RPC 7.2A, and to render advance advisory opinions upon request. Because it is anticipated that review and communication will largely be accomplished through electronic mediums, committee members should be proficient with computer, e-mail and Internet use.


To be considered for the vacancies, submit a committee appointment application, letter of interest and resume to State Bar of Nevada, Attn: Advertising Committee, 600 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, or e-mail to

November's Military List for Nevada Lawyer: Last Call

Time is running out! If you serve or have served in the U.S. military and would like your name included in Nevada Lawyer's November list of members with military backgrounds let us know now.  

Send an e-mail to


Your e-mail should include: your full name as you would like it to appear, bar number, branch of service (only one will be included, so select the one you would most like to see listed) and whether or not you served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.


Photos of members in uniform (no law firm portraits) are welcome. Pictures must be submitted in high-res digital format. Preference will be given to photos that have not appeared in past years.


Due to printing deadlines, it will not be possible to include names submitted after September 24.

Douglas County Attorney Sought for Commission on Judicial Selection

The Commission on Judicial Selection has begun the process to fill a vacancy in the Ninth Judicial District Court, Department 1. Pursuant to Article 6, Section 20, Subsection 4(c) of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada will appoint a temporary member to the Commission on Judicial Selection. The appointee must be a member of the state bar and reside in Douglas County, the judicial district in which the vacancy occurs.


Interested applicants should complete an online application. Applications are due by 12 p.m. on October 4, 2012.

Northern Nevada Attorneys Need to Fill Clients' Security Fund Vacancy

The State Bar of Nevada's Clients' Security Fund Committee is seeking a new member from northern Nevada.


The Clients' Security Fund (CSF) makes financial resources available to reimburse clients who have been the victims of attorney theft. Committee members investigate 10-15 claims each year, analyze whether or not attorney fees were earned and/or if attorney theft occurred, evaluate the financial condition of the CSF, and approve or deny reimbursement requests. Typical claims involve issues of bankruptcy, home loan modifications, family/domestic law and personal injury law.


The expected time commitment from lawyer members is about 20 hours plus two half-day meetings in Las Vegas each year. Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required. Committee members are appointed to three-year terms by the Board of Board of Governors.  

Those interested in serving must submit an application by October 4, 2012.

Free CLE: Representing Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases

A free CLE presented by the Legal Center of Southern Nevada offers attorneys an excellent opportunity to learn how to represent children in the abuse and neglect system. Topics will include: the role of a children's attorney, duties to the client, abuse and neglect court processes, permanency planning, common issues facing children in foster care, the difference early intervention can make, preparing clients to age out of the system, and much more.


The class will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law. All attendees must agree to take on one new abuse/neglect pro bono case through the Pro Bono Project. Download a registration form today.

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